To slightly thicken pan juices or soups, I use instant mashed potato flakes instead of white flour. Dissolves instantly and no lumps! And it adds about 1/2 the calories and a lot fewer carbs, measure for measure.
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One thing I have found that helps replace the taste of these sauces is by having soup. I choose soups that are high in flavor but low in calories such as a good health Tortilla Soup, and I've eaten Chinese Hot n Sour Soup. These help replace taste for
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